Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Boris has an 'extraordinary revolutionary moment'

Muesli-eating, sandal-wearing, fringe-growing hippy Boris Johnson will rejoin 'Mayors for Peace' just months after pulling out of the group.

The original decision was one of those red slaying, Gilligan appeasing, Barnbrook pleasing, gesture policies that so annoyed us at the beginning of Boris's term

But with no positive press coverage from the move, and with the CND condemning him as 'A Mayor for War,' Boris perhaps decided that he had gone a bit too far.

Writing in response to a question from Joanne McCartney, Boris declares:

"I have reviewed my initial decision and decided that London will remain a member of Mayors of Peace.

"Membership of Mayors for Peace does not involve any significant use of GLA resources. I agree with the principles of Mayors for Peace, which deplore acts of violence and that cities should be spared the scourge of war. In this context, I consider my continuing involvement with the network to be efficient, reasonable and a good thing for Londoners."

Right on Red Boris. Take that Gilligoon. Ban the Bomb peoples. Ban the Bomb!

26 comments:

barry rochford said...

He has to do something, though.
London remains a terrorist target primarily because of the Iraq War.
There is no indcation that his policing polices, especially budget, will curb crime in general, including violent crime, and although the anti-terrorist squad is a small part of the policing costs, if stances may reduce the threat, his u-turn makes sense.
Don't expect him to be putting 'nuclear free zone' plaques on the streets of Bromley, though

The Troll said...

Perhaps not, but if we could get him wearing a badge I would be satisfied.

angelneptunestar said...

I totally agree with this decision from Boris. The thing that is most scaring me about the US election is the bellicose candidates who swear that certain wars were "inspired by God" and similar dangerous rubbish. (And have never heard of the Bush Doctrine! ) I am scared we will be dragged to the far right, except that DC will probably be in soon and nobody ever dragged him anywhere he did not wish to go. Get that badge Boris!

ps.Nonbody could ever describe Boris Johnson as aggressive and you must all agree that is true. LET JOHNSON BE JOHNSON!

The Troll said...

And no doubt you agreed with his original decision to pull out of it.

Every day is a happy day with Boris. And every U-Turn is a correction to an already correct position.

Tom said...

Indeed, from angela's rather non-Euclidean co-ordinates system, 180 degrees is equal to 360 degrees anyway.

Still, excellent news all round, it was always an absurd decision (what message did he want to send out - Mayors For War?). If it carries on like this Livingstone will have to find something new for his Saturday show.

angelneptunestar said...

Boris has always been more of a lover than a fighter though (no rude remarks please). I always felt that deep down, he was a bit of a hippy.

ps. Tom, he probably likes to think deeply about stuff before making a final decision, so finally went this way. I think it's great. Aren't you scared at the bellicose tub thumping drifting over from the US?

The Troll said...

'he probably likes to think deeply about stuff before making a final decision'

That was parody right?

angelneptunestar said...

You are really on a roll now, aren't you?

Tom said...

"Tom, he probably likes to think deeply about stuff before making a final decision"

So all the decisions he took early on that are now being reversed don't count because he didn't think about them deeply enough before making them, despite making them, evidently without thinking deeply, which invalidates your theory that he thinks deeply before making decisions.

I think I need some more of that metal polish you're drinking.

BenSix said...

Ah, but the decisions that he's made thus far haven't been final decisions.

Helen said...

We all know that with Boris "no" means "yes" or, indeed, whatever he later decides it means.

Helen said...

Before a meeting I attended last week we were shown slides featuring "inspiring" quotes - one, in particular, stuck in my mind: "The ability to make decisions is the sign of a great leader"

Jonathan said...

Spare a thought for poor Gilly. Surely only a matter of time now before Boris announces one of those cycling for the blind initiatives he seems to hate so much. Oh well, he can always get a new job I guess - perhaps in journalism? Alternatively, as Boris is actually a more entertaining writer than Gilligoon and Gilligoon is so firmly committed to the welfare of Londoners, perhaps they should swap jobs? Perhaps that is in fact the plan, perhaps they have a Granita-style agreement whereby Gilly acts as Boris's cheerleader for four years before floptop hands over the keys of the GLA building TO HIM in 2012, just in time for the Austerity Olympics? Perhaps... sorry, I'd better go and lie down now.

The Troll said...

Well he would certainly have the 'hell in a handcart' vote sewn up. All he needs is a slogan. Any suggestions?

BenSix said...

"I'll work for you! Well, I'll work for anyone really..."

Bobbin said...

"New Boris, New Danger!"

or...

"Things can only get bitter!"

angelneptunestar said...

Boris's slogan should be:

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
Jonathan Swift.

The Troll said...

Or alternatively:

"Stupid is as stupid does"

Forrest Gump

angelneptunestar said...

Now you are contradicting yourself. You admitted to me only the other day that Boris wasn't stupid.

Here is another quote for you.

"Rident stolidi verba Latina."

Fools laugh at the Latin language.

The Troll said...

"Bad writers, and especially scientific, political, and sociological writers, are nearly always haunted by the notion that Latin or Greek words are grander than Saxon ones...

"A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outline and covering up all the details. The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink"

George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

angelneptunestar said...

"Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself”

Mark Twain.

The Troll said...

You're just using random quotes now. I win.

angelneptunestar said...

How's this for a quote,

Shut your pie hole and beltus uppus.

The Troll said...

That's not a quote. I win again.

Jonathan said...

"he would certainly have the 'hell in a handcart' vote sewn up."

That is the key to winning any election in this country. It's in the bag. Vote Gilligoon in 2012! Red Boris must go!

Tom said...

"All he needs is a slogan. Any suggestions?"

"Vote Cat, Get Veronica"?